With the NHL Trade deadline a little less than a month from now, speculation is heating up. Actually, that is a bit of an understatement. Speculation isn’t just heating up, it’s already reached a good rolling boil. We’ve entered the silly season of trade rumours people, where Ryan Getzlaf could be traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, you know, just ‘cuz. It’s not just fans or the media that can get swept up in the euphoria that is the trade talk. General Managers can too. With that in mind, here are the four worst trade decisions that could be made...Click here to read more.
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[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, members of the Canucks blogosphere give their two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and address the issues, questions and expectations of the team in their 40th year anniversary.] You won’t receive a lot of argument here if you say that this preseason was relatively boring. With a stacked roster, the Canucks had few openings. And of the players fighting for those jobs, no one stood out more than the others. Still, some players managed to move themselves up or down the Canucks’ depth chart. Alex Bolduc and Guillaume Desbiens look...Click here to read more.
Word came out this morning that Brendan Morrison has been released from his professional tryout contract with the Vancouver Canucks. I think Morrison did well this preseason to prove that he can still play at the NHL level. In fact, he played well enough to garner interest from other teams around the league. It would’ve been nice for Morrison to return and play for the Canucks for at least one more season. Especially in a year when the Canucks are considered legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, it would’ve been cool to see him don the blue and green. But sentiment is...Click here to read more.
With just one preseason game left tonight against the Anaheim Ducks, the Vancouver Canucks still have several personnel decisions to make about their opening night lineup. From Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province): The preseason means nothing. But it’s a lot easier to take when it’s about something. If not winning games, then winning jobs. If not answering questions, then narrowing them. At the least, you hope for unexpected moments or look for unheralded players. You want to see them force difficult decisions. But not because there’s an abundance of safe, mundane, low-rish play. You want gusto and accomplishment. Reach for the...Click here to read more.
A while ago Sports Illustrated came out with a “Separated at Birth, NHL Style” album which showcased NHL players with their celebrity look alikes. The list includes Luongo and the Twins and even has former Canucks captain Markus Naslund on it. With the recent re-arrival of Morrison to Vancouver someone pointed out to me that he has a look alike of his own so with a little Canucks flavour. Sports Illustrated should consider adding Brendan Morrison and Cory Monteith aka Finn Hudson from the show Glee to that list. Any other Canucks look alikes that you think are out there?...Click here to read more.
In this week’s edition of “Ask Katie About The Canucks”, Katie tackles questions on ex-Canucks, ex-NHL teams, boy bands, Bieksa and the “C”. Stephanie (@axeguitar) asks: Who do you think the other three Ring of Honour nights will feature? Katie: I would like to say Todd Bertuzzi, Mark Donnelly and the Green Men but I’m probably going to be wrong… Maybe Pavel Bure since they’re not retiring his jersey (what a lot of controversy THAT caused). I would also assume Kirk McLean will be honoured by the Canucks at some point. Fiann asks: How will Morrison and Schaefer fit into...Click here to read more.
The CHB crew are up here in Penticton for Canucks training camp. The 58-man camp kicked off today and here are some things I noticed from day 1: Eddie Lack looked good. The 6’5″ goaltender is the tallest of those checking into camp and covered a lot of space in net. Given Cory Schneider is likely going to be Luongo’s back up, Lack looks poised to take that starter’s position with the Moose. Billy Sweatt (Canucks fans’ newest favourite Twitterer – follow him at @billysweatt) looked very good out there. He’s got great speed and seemed to always have the...Click here to read more.
If there was one prevailing sentiment at the first day of Canucks training camp here in Penticton, it’s that Canucks fans want Brendan Morrison to make the team. To a man, everyone we talked to thought his two-way game, faceoff ability and veteran leadership will fit in nicely with the current group Gillis has assembled. Certainly, they thought B-Mo, who is here only on a professional tryout, has more than enough game left to beat out some of the other candidates for the team’s bottom-six. On the ice – wearing his old no. 7 by the way – Morrison didn’t...Click here to read more.
With a much deeper roster, it may seem at first glance that inviting Brendan Morrison to Canucks training camp in Penticton this weekend is nothing more than giving a hometown, ex-Canuck an opportunity to showcase what he has left in the tank for other teams. After looking over his numbers from last year, however, I wonder now if he has a legitimate shot of making this team. At 35, there’s no doubt that B-Mo’s best days are behind him. Once the NHL’s ironman, he’s been saddled with various injuries in recent years, though it’s worth noting he bounced back nicely...Click here to read more.